Consider this job posting:
“No prior experience required, long hours, challenging and sometimes chaotic work setting, lifelong tenure, salary non-negotiable and no paid benefits”.
Those of us with children know the job title for this position is Mom. Some of us knew what we were getting into, many did not. I was one who did not. I was prepared to take care of a baby, but honestly did not give much thought to what parenting required down the road. The physical demands early on were exhausting, but in my opinion, those years were the easy part.
Would I do it again if I had the choice? You bet. While I was naive about the time and energy parenting required through the years, I also did not anticipate the tremendous joy children bring. Yes, I gave up my privacy, my peace and quiet, my sleep,and my backseat, but still, most of the time, I feel I get more back than I give. Admittedly, my level of enjoyment was affected by the age of my children; some ages were more fun than others.
More than 85 million women in the U.S. are moms today. I understand much of your efforts go unnoticed and the job can be frustrating. Thank you for all you did and continue to do for your families. My wish for you this year on Mother’s Day is that you take some time to congratulate yourself for giving your all for the hardest job in the world. No perfect parent exists; all you can expect of yourself is to do the best you can.Happy Mother’s Day.